Board of Advisors

Paul I. Perez - Chief Compliance Officer, Fidelity Naitonal Financial, Inc.

Paul I. Perez

Paul I. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. He is one of six children of the late Pablo I. and Marta L. Perez. His parents immigrated from Cuba in late 1960 and Paul grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he attended Bishop Kenny High School (graduated in 1972) and Jacksonville University from 1972 to 1976. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Jacksonville University, majoring in history and international affairs. He obtained a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Florida in December 1978. He graduated with honors from law school at George Washington University in February 1984.

After law school, Mr. Perez clerked for the Honorable John H. Moore II, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, from 1984 to 1985. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 1989, he practiced bankruptcy and securities litigation at Smith & Hulsey, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. From 1989 to 1992, as a federal prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted significant international forfeiture and money laundering cases. Before returning to the United States Attorney’s Office in March 2002, he was a partner at Booth, Arnold & Perez, where he had a general civil and criminal trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts.

On January 28, 2002, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, nominated Mr. Perez to become the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. The U.S. Senate, by unanimous vote, confirmed Mr. Perez on March 8, 2002, and he was sworn into office by Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on March 18, 2002. Mr. Perez was the chief law enforcement officer for the Middle District, which encompasses 35 counties and is home to 8.3 million Floridians. As the United States Attorney, he supervised more than 100 Assistant United States Attorneys that conduct the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the federal government, the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party, and the collection of debts owed the federal government which are administratively uncollectible.

In April 2007, Mr. Perez became Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity National Financial and is responsible for ensuring the Company’s adherence to federal, state statutes, other regulations and the Company’s code of conduct throughout the vast Fidelity National title insurance organization.

Mr. Perez is a resident of Atlantic Beach, Florida where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Kenneth L. Shropshire - David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Kenneth L. Shopshire

Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Shropshire has written extensively about the sports industry, including several award-winning books. His past consulting roles have included a wide variety of projects including work for the National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee, negotiation training for Fannie Mae and Major League Baseball and diversity training for entering Wharton School MBA students. The Mayor of Philadelphia appointed Shropshire to chair Philadelphia’s Stadium Site Selection Committee, and he is currently involved in a project assessing whether Philadelphia should bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. After receiving an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University and law degree from Columbia University Law School he practiced law in Los Angeles and later served as an executive with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee leading up to the 1984 Olympics. Shropshire has provided commentary for a number of media outlets including Nightline, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio and Sports Illustrated. He is a featured speaker on a wide range of topics and conducts workshops on negotiations as well as on diversity. He currently serves as chairman of the Legal Studies department. Shropshire joined the Wharton faculty in 1986 and specializes in sports business, negotiations, diversity and general business law. He teaches the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution course both at Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia and at Wharton West in San Francisco.

Barbara "Babs" Strickland - The Suddath Companies

Barbara Suddath Strickland

Barbara “Babs” Suddath Strickland is currently vice president and secretary of The Suddath Companies, Suddath Van Lines, Inc., Central Worldwide of California, Inc., Sentry Household Shipping, Inc. and other subsidiaries of The Suddath Companies, specializing in household moving, freight forwarding, logistics and warehousing. Ms. Strickland is a corporate attorney and was formerly a partner at Mahoney, Adams and Criser, P.A, (which merged with McGuire Woods Battle and Booth, P.A). She is a member of the Florida and Virginia Bar Associations and was a member of the Executive Council, Business Section (1991-93). Ms. Strickland has also served on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as chairman of the International Development Board; Chamber of Commerce board of Governors and has been a member of the Jacksonville Port Authority since February, 1992; vice chairman (October 1993-October 1995); chairman (October 1995-October 1997). She is a member-manager of Grassy Knob Lands, LLC, a North Carolina limited liability company involved in land management and development of an education working forest. Strickland received her bachelors degree in French from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1967, a master degree in French Literature in 1971 and doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1976. She obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1983.

Paul Vance - Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner

Paul Vance

Paul Vance is Of Counsel to the law firm of Foley & Lardner.

Paul joined the Jaguars as General Counsel in 1994 after over twenty years of private practice in Connecticut. He was promoted to Senior Vice President Football Operations and General Counsel in November, 2001. As the head of Football Operations, he was responsible for the Jaguars’ salary cap strategy and planning and player contract negotiations. He also oversaw the team training and medical functions, the team video and equipment departments and team travel and logistics.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville, Paul was in private practice in Connecticut with the firm of Cummings & Lockwood. His practice there focused on the corporate, real estate and tax areas, with emphasis on transactional matters. Since coming to Jacksonville, he has been Of Counsel with the Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner, which serves as the primary law firm of the Jaguars. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Florida and is a member of the American, Connecticut, Florida and Jacksonville Bar Associations.

Paul graduated from the University of Rochester in 1969 with a degree in economics. While at Rochester, he played baseball and captained the school’s basketball team. He received his J.D. in 1973 from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Among his community activities, he has served on the board of Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History and the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the University of North Florida Coggin School of Business and a Board Member of the Alliance for a World Class Education. He has also served as a member of the steering committee of Downtown Visions, Inc., which successfully organized a business improvement district in downtown Jacksonville. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Paul and his wife, Jane, live in Jacksonville. They have four children: daughters, Kerry and Jamie, and sons, Jordan and Derek.